|1.||See also conversion disorder a mental disorder characterized by emotional outbursts, susceptibility to autosuggestion, and, often, symptoms such as paralysis that mimic the effects of physical disorders|
|2.||any frenzied emotional state, esp of laughter or crying|
|[C19: from New Latin, from Latin hystericus|
hysteria hys·ter·i·a (hĭ-stěr'ē-ə, -stēr'-)
A neurosis characterized by the presentation of a physical ailment without an organic cause, such as amnesia.
Excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear.